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  • MS in Medical and Healthcare Simulation


    The online Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an interprofessional setting. This program prepares you to further your career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills.

    During the program you'll learn to:

    • Communicate more effectively as part of a team, particularly in a crisis
    • Empower others to transfer what they've learned through training scenarios to the workplace to improve services and increase patient safety
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching in simulation
    • Use simulation as a training and educational tool for others

    Program Features

    • Innovative instructional approach consisting of a blended curriculum of online coursework combined with three on-campus week-long immersive simulation practicums
    • Provides a core, detailed focus on the many facets of simulation based medical education while simultaneously providing multiple options to pursue related areas of interest upon graduation
    • Opportunity to network and collaborate with professionals from a variety of roles, including physicians, nurses, and health sciences professionals.

    Learn From the Best

    Drexel University’s College of Medicine faculty members are respected authors, caring health care practitioners, and experts in their fields. Learn more about our distinguished faculty and their recent accomplishments.

    For Questions, Please Contact:

    Sharon Griswold MD, MPH
    Director, Master's Degree in Medical and Healthcare Simulation
    Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
    215-762-MSMS (6767)

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Required Courses 
    MSMS 501SSimulation Curriculum and Design I3.0
    MSMS 503SBiostatistics in Healthcare Literature3.0
    MSMS 504SPrinciples of Assessment: Measurement Theory, Assessment Principles & Tools3.0
    MSMS 506SDebriefing in Simulation3.0
    MSMS 701SSimulation Laboratory Practicum I4.0
    MSMS 702SSimulation Laboratory Practicum II4.0
    MSMS 703SSimulation Laboratory Practicum III4.0
    MSMS 801SCapstone1.0
    MSMS 802SCapstone Project Implementation2.0
    Elective Courses 
    Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12.0
    CR 510SSponsored Projects Finance 
    CR 525SScientific Wriring and Medical Literature 
    CR 550SLeadership Skills 
    CR 635SStrategic Planning 
    MSMS 505SStandardized Patient Course 
    MSMS 507SHigh Fidelity, Low Fidelity and Task Trainers 
    MSMS 508SInterprofessional Education 
    MSMS 509SFundamentals of Simulation Program Administration 
    MSMS 511SPatient Safety and Simulation 
    MSMS 600SAdult Learning in Healthcare 
    MSMS I899SMSMS Independent Study 
    Total Credits39.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Four-year bachelor's degree with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Two years of healthcare experience in a healthcare-related role, such as physician, nurse, paramedic, pharmacist, simulation educator, etc.
    • Successful completion of a background check and professional license verification

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Three letters of recommendation from colleagues who can attest to your experience in simulation or potential for success in the program
    • Official release of any standardized tests, such as GRE or MCAT (if taken)
      • If you have not taken any standardized tests, you are not required to do so. However, if any tests have been taken you are required to submit an official release.
    • Essay of 500-1000 words explaining your participation and exposure relating to simulation, as well as your research goals
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1098 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2017

    August 7, 2017

    December 8, 2017

    Spring 2018

    January 8, 2018

    May 4, 2018

    Summer 2018

    May 14, 2018

    July 27, 2018

    Apply today for the MS in Medical and Healthcare Simulation

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